PEDAGOGY OF LISTENING March 11th & 12th 2022: 


Materials as a Vehicle for Communicating: A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia

About this event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:


Materials as a vehicle for communicating and understanding

Featuring: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani, and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 11th, 2022 9:00am to 3:30pm (PST)

Saturday March 12th, 2022 9:00am to 12:30pm (PST)

We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to Explore the Pedagogy of Listening: Materials as a vehicle for communicating and understanding

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia

Friday afternoon presentations and discussion groups will be streamed live from:

•Branches Atelier – Culver City

•Bright Start – Santa Barbara

•Growing Place – Santa Monica

•The New School-West – Los Angeles

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. 

From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”

In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta Bertani is an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996

Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. 

Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Friday March 11th 9am to 3:30pm

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Designing contexts to promote learning, Part 1 ( a 10 min break included)

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00pm: WCC Presentations & Discussion groups – Participants sign up for one of the sessions:

1 Presentation: Simple Technology, Extrodinary Creativity: Sharing 3-5 year old classroom experiences with discussioon (hands-on participation)

The New School-West, Los Angeles

Presented by Amy Bice, Cindy Nelsen, and Kristin Sherman

2 Presentation: Intersections between nature and materials in a pedagogical context. Sharing 2-5 year old classrooms experiences (hands-on participation)

Bright Start, Santa Barbara

Presented by Marcela Caceres-Gelinas and Liliana Hensel

3 Presentation: Exploring The Language of Drawing: a tool for extending children’s expression, imagination, and connection with nature and the environment (hands-on participation)

Branches Atelier, Culver City:

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Berenice Vallejo

4 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Constructivism with Colleagues: Building Collaborativce Professional Development

5 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Role of Documentation in Long Term Small Group Work

6 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Materials to Foster Early Learning and Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

3:00-3:15pm: Reflection in small group

3:15-3:30pm: Closing in large group

Saturday March 12th 9am to 12:30pm

9:00am – 12:20pm: Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Designing contexts to promote learning, Part 2 (a 10 min break included)

12:20-12:30pm: Closing 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.


General Admission – $100

Student Discount (with current ECE ID) – $50

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